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Johnson's call-ups upset Gloucester and Saints

Clubs denied key players as they prepare for ties with Heineken Cup spot at stake

Robinson is keen for the Scots to start scoring tries

There were more than a few eyebrows raised at the Six Nations launch in London last week when Marc Lièvremont ventured to suggest that Scotland were the "All Blacks of the north".

Redpath starts to plot course for better things

Gloucester 23 Biarritz 8: Gloucester coach says win over Basques is 'best performance of season so far'

Paterson: Ulster clash is pivotal

Edinburgh full-back says team must conquer poor away form to progress

Peter Bills: Which French team will turn up to the Six Nations?

In little ways on different days, the pressure mounts.

Heineken Cup round-up: Kearney's tries keep champions on course

The Heineken Cup holders, Leinster, are heading for an interesting match against London Irish at the Madejski Stadium on the penultimate weekend in January. The Irish team's 39-7 win against the Scarlets at the Royal Dublin Showgrounds brought a bonus point to match the one the Exiles picked up against Brive, keeping the two sides level at the top of Pool Six. It should be a rather entertaining case of winner takes all on the final weekend of pool matches.

Salary cap set to end Top 14 exodus

French league's plans will level playing field with poor relations this side of Channel

French leaders must step up to dual challenges

The Heineken Cup returns tonight after a two-month break with this year's early pacesetters from the Top 14 at risk of peaking too soon

Robinson chases an autumn clean sweep against Pumas

Last week there was an historical score to settle for the Scottish nation. This time it's personal.

Johnson desperate to avoid a mauling

England manager knows a heavy defeat against All Blacks today could leave his coaches on the brink and his own position under even greater scrutiny

Erinle replaces Geraghty for England Test

Ayoola Erinle will make his first England start after replacing Shane Geraghty at inside centre in the team to play New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

Hartley hooks a starting berth

Northampton No 2 goes head to head against master scrummagers Argentina

Johnson driven to blood red-rose rookies

Tait and Foden among those discarded for Test with Australia as only five seasoned England internationals survive the cut

Hunt heads to Aussie Rules via French rugby union

Australian rugby league star Karmichael Hunt has touched down at French rugby union club Biarritz in a move that leaves him one step closer to achieving a unique sporting treble.

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